Thursday, June 22, 2006

Is Steve Chabot "Against All Enemies"?

In light of Richard Clarke's recent visit for the Cranley campaign, I wonder if foreign policy or the Iraq War will become a significant issue in the OH-01 campaign. After all, Chabot is supposed to be an international relations expert - he is on the International Relations Committee in the U.S. House. Therefore, I am curious how the Chabot folks will deal with this:

"I have believed and continue to believe that Saddam Hussein is a threat not just to his region but to the entire world and that he is on the verge of having nuclear weapons... If Saddam gets nuclear weapons, he will likely give them to terrorist organizations that would attempt to smuggle them into the U.S."

"We know that Saddam Hussein is a supporter and sponsor of international terrorism... and we know that al-Qaeda operatives are hiding [in Iraq]."

"I personally believe that Iraq, and Saddam Hussein in particular, ought to be -- I think he has given us more than enough reason to put him right up there with Osama bin Laden in this war against terrorism. And if we are serious about ending, destroying, stopping international terrorism, we absolutely have to target Saddam Hussein… it's absolutely critical that we prevail in this war against terrorism. And I believe Saddam Hussein has to be a principal target of that war."

Now, there is a difference between "knowing" truth and "thinking" things. Chabot repeatedly said during the lead up to the Iraq War, that, as a member of the House Committee on International Relations, he "knows" Saddam was on the verge of obtaining nukes, that he would "likely" give them to terrorists, that he is a “supporter” of international terrorism. He actually said that he "believes" facts that didn’t exist!

During the lead up to the war, there was absolutely no credible evidence that Saddam was about to get nukes. In fact, he had completely disposed of his old WMD weapons stash... the same stash that America helped him build in the 1980s. And the only people in our government that had access to the hard facts and intelligence about this issue were those in the intelligence, defense, or security agencies, or those in select Congressional committees - as Chabot was.

Therefore, how could an expert on these matters possibly firmly believe all of those inaccurate and untrue things that Chabot said? Perhaps Chabot didn't really believe the things he was saying. Maybe he just knew that Saddam was a bad guy and that if he and his colleagues lied to us, they could scrap together justification for an invasion to boost their political positions.

Keep in mind that when Chabot supported this failed war, he knowingly averted U.S. troops from assisting in the Afghanistan War and other areas of the Middle East, and he knowingly diverted hundreds of billions of dollars that could have gone to protecting the homeland and securing our border from terrorists. Where are his priorities? And is this man someone that we want to continue serving on one of the most important Congressional committees?

While considering Chabot's ethics and role in the Iraq failure, keep in mind what he had to say about honesty and public service in the 1990s:

"It would be wrong for [President Clinton] to tell America's children that some lies are all right. It would be wrong to show the rest of the world that some of our laws don't really matter."
Post 9/11

Well, Congressman Chabot, it is very wrong of you to act like the lies you told your constituents were all right, and that the oath you gave on the House floor doesn’t really matter…

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”


At 9:46 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So help Chabot, God, for he needs your guidance during these troubling times as he comes to terms with his soul.

At 11:58 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn - chabot was more off the ball than Bush was. He was as determined about the leadup as can be too, which makes me start to wonder...


At 7:42 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Why would the Republican leadership put Chabot on the IR Committee? He knows nothing about it. I guess his placement there is an excuse for not bringing anything back to Cincinnati. Chabot is an idiot.


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